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On-U Sound has announced the continuation of its reissue campaign for the psychedelic dub collective African Head Charge – Drumming is a Langauge (1990-2011). Following up on the Environmental Holes & Drastic Tracks (1981-1986) collection released in 2017, the new series reissues four studio albumsSongs of Praise (1990), In Pursuit Of Shashamane Land (1993), Vision of a Psychedelic Africa (2005), and Voodoo of the Godsent (2011) – along with Churchical Chant Of The Iyabinghi, a collection of unreleased music from the ’80s and alternate mixes and dubs from 1990-1993. The entire set is being released as double-vinyl expansions containing the original albums and bonus tracks; a new interview with African Head Charge’s Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah is also included in five parts, each presented with rare photos on 24″ x 12″ double-sided posters, one for each vinyl. Releasing on March 6, the Drumming is a Language collection will also be available in a five-CD box set with 36-page book, with both the CD and vinyl editions available for pre-order via Bandcamp and the On-U Sound webstore.


Beginning life in 1981 as a studio collaboration between producer Adrian Sherwood and master percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah, the band was noted for its experiments in blending African and Afro-Cuban rhythms with tape loops and modern effects, creating a psychedelic African dub sound that has steadily evolved over the years. Going live in the later ’80s, the group would over time feature a revolving door of members that has included the likes of Jah Wobble (Public Image Ltd), Skip McDonald (Tackhead), Junior Moses, and more.


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Ilker YĆ¼cel (Ilker81x)

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